A ‘Bataan Angel’ passes on…

March 10, 2007 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

The news wires across the USA recorded the passing of one of the last of four US Army nurses who were interned during World War II.

[]… Jean Kennedy Schmidt, One of 99 Army and Navy nurses stationed in the Philippines. After Japan attacked in 1941, they found themselves treating casualties in open-air field hospitals on the Bataan Peninsula. Few had seen combat conditions before. When the Bataan peninsula fell into japanese hands, the single largest surrender of US forces in American military history.

They were sent to the rocky island fortress of Corregidor, where they were under nearly constant shelling while working in an underground hospital. Corregidor fell in May 1942. The rest were freed in 1945 when a U.S. tank crashed through the gates of the University of Santo Tomas were they were interned with oiver 3,000 American civilians were held prisoners of war by Japan…. “[]

Note-The basic information for this came from AP but had to crrect about twelve errors – dates, place, othr info – I doubt AP Tokyo nor AP Manila had any input on this story… It’s like 6th grader put it together – I take that back. They would know how to look on the web for acurate information. As a Ap Stringer for years here in Asia – whoever wrote the stories below needs a history lesson.

How this ever got past AP USA eidotrial is a wonder… I mean they even got the start of war wrong ‘1942’ – Yeesh … no doubt a graduate of Harvard School of Journalism  -Mike

The Philippines was then a commonwealth under the United States when Japan invaded and thousands of American solders and thousands more civilians were taken prisoner when a East Coast based Euro-centered American realpolitik of that era chose to not to rush to save the nation America was building in it’s image across the pacific but waited and allowed thousands to languish in Japan’s Imperial wrath for three years.

During this time these nurses of the Army provided along with the few civilian doctors provided much of the only medical care that could be given to American internee’s in places like The University of Santo Tomas.

Nurse served among the ‘Angels of Bataan‘ in WWII
Daily Breeze, CA – 42 minutes ago
one of the nurses dubbed the “Angels of Bataan” who treated US troops battling Japanese forces in the Philippines during World War II and were prisoners

‘Angel of Bataan‘ Schmidt, POW and wartime nurse, dies
Los Angeles Daily News, CA – 2 hours ago
one of the nurses dubbed the “Angels of Bataan” who treated US troops battling Japanese forces in the Philippines during World War II and were prisoners

‘Angel’ Had Wings Of Courage
Tampa Tribune, FL – 3 hours ago
Jean Kennedy Schmidt, 88, one of the nurses dubbed the “Angels of Bataan” who were held prisoner in the Philippines during World War II, died March 3 at her

SANTO TOMAS LIBERATION WW2 Newsreel:

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Entry filed under: Bataan, Battle of Manila, Coregidor, fil-am, Manila, philippines, UST.

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